International News Archive - June 27, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion of illegally stored dynamite in northwest China killed 11 people, injured 20 and flattened buildings and the death toll is expected to rise, state media said on Tuesday.

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Scandal-plagued Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian offered to mend fences with China and the island's opposition on Tuesday after surviving an unprecedented parliamentary vote aimed at unseating him.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China police are teaching Myanmar officials kung fu and Mandarin as part of training in how to crack down on drug trafficking, state media said on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - UK forces have been engaged in an "incident" in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday, but a spokesman could not confirm BBC reports that one British solider had been killed.

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese militia fighters on Tuesday released two of seven Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers they have been holding hostage in the violent east of the country for over a month, U.N. officials said. "Two of our men have been released.

LONDON (Reuters) - Police arrested two men on Tuesday under anti-terrorism laws during a series of raids in northern England, a spokeswoman said. The operation in Manchester "is targeting individuals suspected of possession of information that could be used for a terrorist purpose," she added.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Somali-born Dutch politician and outspoken critic of Islam is to be allowed to keep her Dutch citizenship despite admitting that she lied in her asylum application, newspapers said on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Two British soldiers have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan, Britain's Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday. "Two members of the UK armed forces have been killed in action in Afghanistan," a spokeswoman said.

LONDON (Reuters) - Two men were arrested on Tuesday during a series of anti-terrorism raids in northern England, a police spokesman said. They were detained during early morning searches of about six addresses in the Bolton area, near Manchester.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai prosecutors voted unanimously on Tuesday to ask the Constitutional Court to disband Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's ruling party and the opposition Democrat Party for violating election laws.

Word of the Day
  • a slit in a tire to drain away surface water and improve traction.
The word 'sipe' comes from Old English and is related to 'seep'.